5th African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AFPIF): 26-28 August 2014, Dakar

The 5th African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AFPIF) will be held over a 3-day period in August 2014 in Dakar, Senegal to discuss the future of peering in an era where the cost of transit is declining. The event will also seek to discuss regional interconnection dynamics and content issues that are critical components of transit deficits.

Internet Society reports: The Serekunda Internet Exchange Point (IXP) launched in Banjul, The Gambia on 12 July 2014

I just came across a very interesting information that I wanted to share with you. 

"Gambia may be considered a small country (ranked 164th in the world) but in the Internet world, especially in Africa, it could be elevated much higher and place it among the emerging technology hubs of the region. 

Liter of Light - Lighting up houses with a bottle of water

Ever chucked one of those plastic water bottles in the garbage like it was... well garbage? Turns out there's something quite phenomenal you can do with a 1-liter transparent PET bottle and some clear water. "Liter of Light" is a wonderful project working to provide free, sustainable, cost-effective lighting in urban slums and houses around the world with no access to cheap electricity.

How too many job offers opened my eyes about what matters when I choose a job and what should matter for youngsters in general

I am part of that generation of highly qualified youngsters who most of the time get disappointed by the jobs they are in, feeling that their over sharpened skills are not put to use, that there are no real needs to be filled in when they get up from bed for yet another day of work. And this is not what they “have been promised” when they invested all their time into appeasing their thirst for knowledge, and why not, making sacrifices of spending more time with family and friends.

Applications due this Friday, 8/8 for MOTECH Suite workshop in Accra, Ghana

Hi everyone,

Dimagi and Grameen Foundation are hosting the first ever MOTECH Suite workshop from August 27-29 in Accra, Ghana! Applications are due this Friday, August 8th (http://www.commcarehq.org/workshops/ghana2014/). 

MOTECH Suite (http://motechsuite.org/) is an open source software platform that enables organizations to deploy and manage a wide range of mobile health applications. MOTECH Suite is being developed to deliver economies of scale by supporting multiple use cases to be scaled on the same platform, and by supporting integration to national information and reporting systems.

The goals of the workshop are to: 
- Build a community of mHealth implementers in Ghana
- Share best practices & strategies for mHealth projects running at scale
- Enable participants to be leaders in mHealth within their organizations
- Introduce attendees to MOTECH Suite's array of tools, including CommCare, CommTrack, CommConnect, and core MOTECH systems
- Share case studies about regional mHealth programs and how they use mobile technology

Workshop Details: 
- Dates: Wednesday, August 27th through Friday, August 29th
- Time: 9:00AM -- 5:00PM
- Location: Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT
- Who should attend? Directors, program managers, and heads of departments from NGOs, IGOs, funding organizations, research institutions, and government agencies
- Language: The workshop will be run in English
- Workshop fee: $75 for the entire workshop. Lunch and coffee will be provided daily. - Per diems or travel stipends are not available. 

For those interested in attending, please submit your application by this Friday, August 8, 2014 (http://www.commcarehq.org/workshops/ghana2014/). Attendance will be limited to 35 participants.

Please refer any questions you have about this workshop and similar workshops to [email protected]

Thanks, 
Gillian

Yoga and Meditation in Uganda

Isha Foundation is an international public-service organization that conducts yoga programs and inspiring projects for the society and environment. Its activities are designed to create an inclusive culture that is the basis for global harmony and progress. Primarily based in India, the United States and Europe, the foundation has been working in Uganda in a small way since 2011.

Critical Analysis on a proposal by the French Senate for a new setup of Internet Governance

The French Senate is proposing a new Internet governance Setup under the United Nations, specifically the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Reading through the paper published by the french senate with raporteur Mrs Catherine MORIN-DESAILLY, Senator for the Seine-Maritime with notice the following issues:

Promoting Net Neutrality: Full Report of Seminar by I-Vision in Cameroon and Upcoming Seminar

A capacity building seminar was organized in Douala-Cameroon on the 18th of July 2014 at hotel Lewat by I-Vision International with the theme: Promoting Net Neutrality through multi stakeholder capacity building and dialogue. Forty two participants were trained on the concept of Net Neutrality including its historical background, how to detect abuse, its importance and impact if it is not mentioned.

This is one in a series of seminars to be organized in a project funded by the Web we Want campaign.

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